Automation Helps Hospitals Survive Narrowing Margins During the Pandemic

Due to the complexity of the pandemic, more than a third of US hospitals are estimated to maintain negative operating margins through the end of 2021 as overall expenses continue to be higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to a recent report prepared by Kaufman, Hall & Associates. In the face of mounting pressures, health systemsContinue reading “Automation Helps Hospitals Survive Narrowing Margins During the Pandemic”

Bridging Data Gaps in COVID-19 Reporting and Tracking

Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the Delta variant is the most dominant COVID-19 strain. Eighteen months into the pandemic, there are at least twenty states that are still having difficulties filling the data gaps in reporting and tracking information. States track diseases in different ways, and mostContinue reading “Bridging Data Gaps in COVID-19 Reporting and Tracking”

COVID-19 Booster Shots Create Headaches For Healthcare System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine on Monday August 23rd. The first vaccine to get FDA approval is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, marketed as Comirnaty. It is expected that FDA approval of the Moderna vaccine will follow. The FDA authorized booster shots for immunocompromised patients across the U.S. on AugustContinue reading “COVID-19 Booster Shots Create Headaches For Healthcare System”

How Healthcare Automation Builds Post-Pandemic Business Continuity

The COVID-19 pandemic placed additional pressure on CIOs to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. The unparalleled demand for services, facilities, staffing, and public health tracking created chaos in healthcare. Critical areas of focus like telemedicine, lab testing, and revenue cycle management required efficient processes be implemented at warp speed. There were no longer continued discussionsContinue reading “How Healthcare Automation Builds Post-Pandemic Business Continuity”

Executive Order Tackles Healthcare Price, Transparency, and Competition

Lack of competition is a key reason for President Biden’s executive order, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” The proposed order tackles four key areas where a lack of competition in healthcare increases prices and reduces access to quality care: prescription drug costs, hospital consolidation, health insurance choice, and hearing aid access. Among other things,Continue reading “Executive Order Tackles Healthcare Price, Transparency, and Competition”

Addressing Burnout by Optimizing Healthcare Processes

The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation polled frontline workers in April 2021 and revealed, ”3 out of 10 healthcare workers are thinking of changing professions.” While this may sound surprising, it makes total sense. Nearly half (49%) of healthcare workers reported they had suffered burnout in 2020, while 43% reported feelings of work overload. And it’sContinue reading “Addressing Burnout by Optimizing Healthcare Processes”

A Decades-Long History in RPA

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has a decades-long history. Screen scraping started during the early days of the Internet to help users extract data from the web. It referred to the practice of reading text data from a computer display terminal’s screen. Simple scenarios involved automation navigating through a series of steps in an application usingContinue reading “A Decades-Long History in RPA”

Unlocking Patient Access: The Cures Act Information Blocking Provisions

On April 5th, 2021, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finalized the Cures Act’s information blocking provisions. These new rules focus on data exchange and patient information blocking. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states: “Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of patient control inContinue reading “Unlocking Patient Access: The Cures Act Information Blocking Provisions”

Prior Authorizations’ Impact on Healthcare

A survey conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) discussed the impact of prior authorizations on patient care. Out of a sampling of 1,000 physicians, one-third of the respondents stated they have a dedicated staff who work on prior authorizations approximately two business days, or 14 hours, each week with 86% of the physicians surveyedContinue reading “Prior Authorizations’ Impact on Healthcare”

Does Your Digital Transformation Strategy Include RPA?

Digital transformation refers to improvements in a “digital era.” Healthcare has seen significant strides from digital transformation efforts during the past year. Projects have included a diverse range of solutions, from hosting IT services in the cloud, to creating touchless encounters like telehealth, reducing manual tasks, and improving connectivity across disparate systems. COVID-19 increased theContinue reading “Does Your Digital Transformation Strategy Include RPA?”